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At the Law Office of Steven N. Cole, we pride ourselves on providing the strong representation families need to maneuver a wide range of circumstances. Our counsel is backed by more than two decades of dedicated practice in family law and has been an asset to numerous clients in a variety of circumstances. Don't wait to contact our firm to receive a free consultation. With an unwavering focus on individual needs, our divorce lawyer in Phoenix can help you seek a favorable ruling in the most complicated circumstances.

If there is a disagreement over visitation rights, child support, or other child custody-related matters, then you need an experienced child custody lawyer in Phoenix who can guide you through the legal process. Our firm can work to convince a judge that your desires are in the best interests of the child. We have years of experience in handling these cases.

Schedule your free case evaluation by calling (480) 725-3355 today.

How Is Child Custody Determined in Arizona?

The decision regarding who will receive custody of the children in a divorce case can cause substantial debate between the two divorcing parties. Divorce cases involving children must be handled in a cautious manner because of the sensitivities and complex factors involved. Arizona law does not favor either party but instead looks at what is in the best interest of the child.

In Arizona, there are two types of custody:

  • Physical custody
  • Legal custody

Physical Custody

Physical custody means that the parent has the right to live with the child and take care of his or her everyday needs. Legal custody of a child is the right and obligation to make decisions about a child's upbringing. In Arizona, child custody, both legal and physical, is regarded as"legal decision making."One or both parents could be chosen to have legal decision-making power, and it is crucial that you understand how our firm can help you achieve this.

Legal Custody

Legal custody is a parent's right to make decisions on their child's behalf. While this may not be the first thought that comes to mind when considering custody, it is exceedingly important for determining the quality of a child's life. If awarded legal custody, a parent will retain the ability to influence the important choices affecting their child's well-being.

Any of the following decisions fall under legal custody:

  • Where the child will attend school
  • Where the child will attend church
  • Where they will seek emergency care
  • Who will serve as the child's doctor or dentist
  • Anything that significantly affects a child's welfare

Types of Custody Arrangements

For the most part, state law favors joint custody arrangements, as these tend to be most beneficial for children after divorce. Unfortunately, not every parent can be trusted to make decisions that benefit their child. If a parent has a history of violence, substance abuse, or other unfavorable behavior, they may lose access to one or both types of custody.

A parent may receive any of the following types of custody:

  • Sole custody
  • Sole physical custody
  • Sole legal custody
  • Joint custody
  • Joint physical custody
  • Joint legal custody

Arizona law mandates that any custody arrangement is decided with your child's welfare as the highest priority. The Law Office of Steven N. Cole can help you work toward a plan that aligns with your desires and your child's needs. Likewise, if you decide that your plan no longer suits your family's needs, we are available to help you negotiate new terms of custody that better serve your child.

The Legal Decision-Making Hearing

When it comes to making a decision regarding child custody, you will want to be represented by a knowledgeable divorce attorney in Phoenix. In order to determine who will have decision-making powers, there will be a hearing held by the court.

Issues that may arise during the legal decision-making hearing include:

  • Any child abuse issues
  • Any instances of domestic violence
  • Which parent is the primary caretaker
  • The parents' wishes and the child's wishes
  • The physical and mental health of the parents
  • The relationship between the child and each parent
  • The child's relationships with other family members who can affect his or her best interests

We are dedicated to your success, and we know what it takes to help you succeed in court. Let our Phoenix child custody attorney help you.

Contact Us for a Free Case Evaluation

Your case is important to us, and we know the elements that will be investigated when determining child custody. We have handled thousands of these types of cases in the past, and we know how to help you.

Contact us today to discuss your situation with a Phoenix child custody lawyer and to begin the process of pursuing the results that you need.

Why Choose Steven N. Cole?

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Client Testimonials

Read What Former Clients Are Saying
  • “Steven is professional, honest, listens, and answered all my questions promptly.”

    Stewart L.

  • “Custody - Spousal Maintenance - RECOMMEND!!”


  • “I lucked out and picked the right attorney that matched my integrity.”

    David W.

  • “He is the best and I'm confident you will get justice if you find yourself in a similar situation like I was.”


  • “He almost took it on a personal level to make sure things were done right and in a timely manner. ”

    Former Client

  • “Excellent, really!”

    Former Client

  • “His kindness, attention to detail, and persistence in all aspects, embody his genuine character and passion for success.”

    Dr. Mustafa

  • “I have been using Steve for 3 years now and his Firm is ...”

    Former Client

  • “His staff was easy to work with. Overall a great experience.”


  • “Aggressive, Up Front & Honest, Caring”

    Former Client

  • “Knowledgeable, experienced and gets it done.”


  • “He handled my custody case with care.”


  • “An attorney with results!”

    Former Client

  • “Steven and his office can remember your name first hand when you call and when you arrive at there office.”


  • “Vicki always is always so sweet and makes sure that she helps me also.”

    Christine S.

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